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>> well, tonight the nation is still in shock over the movie theater shooting in colorado that killed 12 and injured dozens more. >> of those 11 still in critical condition, police have their man in custody. now they want to know why he did it. we go to theresa garcia. >> reporter: 11 are still critically injured and of course the hope out here is the death toll does not go above 12. meanwhile you have the community of aurora still grieving and will be for many, many months and beyond to come. and they're out here on the corner putting up a row of candles. you can see them out there. they've got these signs that say gone but not forgotten. meanwhile, across town you have investigators at james holmes boobie trapped apartment where he had a more elaborate plan for violence. it was chaos inside of a packed movie theater after a heavily armed gunman threw grenades and started shooting.
>> we have a number of people dead inside of the theater. >> reporter: aurora police refused to comment on reports that the suspect, 24-year-old james holmes, had his hair painted red and called himself the joker. police said he was dressed head to toe in body armor and wore a gas mask. the suspect pointed a gun directly at jennifer's face. >> i didn't know what to do. i crawled into the aisle and waited for him to go into the stairs. >> reporter: he fired an assault rifle, a shotgun and at least one handgun during the attack. some of the shots went through the walls into another theater. the man in a blood soaked shirt and a child in a batman costume were among hundreds who made it out alive. cor bon dates was sitting in the second row. >> i felt the caps from the bullet burn my leg. >> reporter: the university of colorado confs holmes was dropping out of a graduate program in neuro science. police found explosives in his car and his nearby apartment. >> his apartment is boobie
trapped with various incendiary and chemical devices and apparent trip wires. >> reporter: the survivors include a three-month-old baby. >> she got shot. when she got shot, it was got watching over us. >> reporter: the suspect's family is cooperae ing with police and says their hearts go out to the victims. the shot, grief and sympathy are not just being felt and expressed here in aurora but around the world as well. in fact, the queen of england sent a message to the president and the people of the u.s. that she expresses her sympathy. as for the suspect james holmes, he remains in custody and he is set for his first court date monday morning. live in aurora, colorado, theresa garcia, back to you. >> theresa, thank you. well, the department of defense has confirmed three u.s. military meks, two airman and a -- members, two airman and a sailor are among the injured. another sailor is still unaccounted for. that as police and the media around the country are trying to
find out more about the suspected gunman james holmes. andrea mccarren is in aurora, colorado with more on the 24-year-old's background. >> reporter: tonight on this very sad scene, we have new disturbing information about the suspect james holmes. last spring, mass murder suspect james holmes took a graduate course entitled the biological bases of psychiatric and neurological disorders. at the same time, it appears his own life was unraveling. the university of colorado confirmed holmes was in the process of withdrawing from his neuro science doctoral program reportedly because of his poor academic performance. >> neighbors report to us that he lived alone and he kept to himself. >> reporter: according to police, in the early hours of friday morning, the 24-year-old unleeched an unspeakable furry, firing guns he had purchased legally at two outdoor supply stores. >> my understanding is that all the weapons that he possessed,
he possessed legally and all the clips that he possessed, he possessed legally. and all the ammunition that he possessed, he possessed legally. >> reporter: tonight, investigators confirm holmes purchased multiple magazines for his assault rifle via the internet, including one with 100 rounds. experts say he was capable of firing 50-60 rounds in a minute. the department of defense issued a statement saying that james holmes is not a past or current member of any branch or component of the u.s. armed forces. tonight, navy and air force officials are on the scene working with families of the service members victimized in this tragedy to ensure they get the care and attention they need. in aurora, colorado, andrea mccarren, 9news now. >> and both president obama and republican candidate mitt romney cancelled all of their campaign event following the tragedy in denver and they pulled all of
their ads in colorado as well. they told americans keep the victims in their thoughts and prayers. >> we will take every step possible to ensure the safety of all of our people. we're going to stand by our neighbors in colorado during this extraordinarily difficult time. >> our hearts break for the victim and their families. we pray that the wounded will recover and that those who are grieving will know the nearness of god. >> the president has also issued a proclamation honoring the victim and he's ordered all u.s. flags to be flown at half staff from now until sunset next wednesday. we don't know when or where our time on earth will end. that is a blog posted recently by one of the people killed today posted by jessica gwahi, written after she cheated death a month ago. she instinctively left a shopping mall food court moments before a gunman opened fire there. she did not escape the gunfire
today. her brother spoke with reporters. >> and i don't want that gunman's name spoken. i want that to be the name of the remembered as in jessica gwahi and remember what they stood for and what their life meant. >> jessica went to the movies last night with a friend. he was shot as well but is expected to recover. as for jessica, she was 24 and pursuing a career as a sports reporter. well, some children are among those injured in the shooting, including this four-month-old baby. her mother taking the infant and her 4-year-old daughter to the midnight showing. this is how she describes the scene that unfolded right in front of them. >> i just remember thinking i'm not going to die in here. me and my kids, we're not going to die in here. i need to get them out. i need to get out. and all i could think was if i stand up, he's going to shoot me. that's what he was doing. and then there was a moment where my daughter stopped and i was dragging her and thinking i just got to get out. i just have go get out of the
door. if i fall dead, just get my kids out of here. >> the infant it turns out was wounded while they were getting out of there but is expected to be okay. here in the washington area, crowds are still showing up to the movie theaters to see this latest batman movie. many of them, though, cognizant. the threat of a copycat attack exists. our ken molestina spoke to a former fbi profiler today who helped put this heightened alert into perspective. he joins us live from silver spring. >> reporter: the profiler says it is highly unlikely that something like this will happen again, but she says people will certainly think about the possibility. that is certainly the case out here at the majestic theater in downtown silver spring. security is certainly visible here. and the crowds showing up to the theater are doing so with hesitation. >> we actually talked about it this evening whether we wanted to wait a week given what happened today. >> it's going to be a little while before it's not very present in our mine.
>> there is crazies everywhere. >> reporter: that kind of a reaction is to be expected according to doctor mary o'toole. >> there are people that will decide i'm not going to go to the movie because what if that happens to me. so i think this really has brought out the fear. >> reporter: she's a former fbi criminal profiler and has studied countless gunman on shooting crazes. >> these individuals somewhere along the line an evolutionary process they look at other human beings as less than human. we call it object fieing people. >> reporter: the gunman was a bright man who had allegedly been planning the massacre for a long time. >> this is someone who is very smart. he's able to be focused. he's able to be analytical. he is analytical. and he can address compound issues. >> reporter: the fear of a copycat attack may be real in the minds of many. but o'toole reminds people. >> this kind of shooting, this kind of a mass homicide with this kind of planning and
devastation, it really is rare. but it's going to take us awhile, at least a number of days, for people to have their fear lessened. >> reporter: back out live here, another testament to what dr. o'toole is describing. amc theaters nationwide have implemented some new guidelines. they are banning any toy guns and any masks worn by guests inside theaters and they're also prohibiting any costumes that folks may bewaring that makes others feel uncomfortable. so some of the effects are already taking place. we're live tonight in downtown silver spring, ken molestina, 9news now. >> great insight there. thank you, ken. at least it wasn't a terror attack. that may be one tiny more sell of comfort many americans hold on to in the aftermath of this awful crime in colorado. but tonight derek says that's a lot less comforting if you really think. >> you know what, i said the same thing when i heard the news this morning. at least it's not a terror
attack. then it hit me. yes, it is. james holmes is merely the latest. we had seung-hui cho at virginia tech. they're terrorists. they just are terrorists. but imagine if these guys did work for al qaeda, we wouldn't just be sad about it but furious. there would be hearings and congress members racing to write new laws to stop the madness. but when it's a lone wolf with suspected mental problems, we shrug our shoulders and figure nothing can be done about that. you know what, i'm not sure. by now you've heard about james holmes arsenal. the ar-15 rifle, the shotgun and the two glock pistols, not to mention 6,000 rounds of ammo all purchased legally. come on, must the right to bear arms be that unrestricted. is there no way to protect the second amendment while at the same time making it tougher for cooks to buy as much artillery
they can carry. there has to be some common sense approach to make this outrage at least a little less likely. let's be real, if we can't find that common ground, a way to work together as americans on this, well then the terrorists win. anita. >> if you want to respond to something derek has to say or just watch any let's be real commentary one more time, head over to the let's be real web page. it's part of our home page wusa9.com. you can roll over features. and we're going to have continuing coverage on the theater shooting right now on wusa9.com. you can get the latest information. and if you would like, leave condolences for the victims online. just click on the check it out section. anny. >> thanks, anita. hey, no more flash flood watches or warnings are in effect. it's all been dropped. but we do still see some unsettled wetter for tomorrow. here is a look at your -- weather for tomorrow. here is a look at your wakeup forecast for saturday. we're kicking off the weekend under mostly cloudy conditions. temperatures in the 60s and 70s.
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the maryland public service commission has just granted pepco a rate increase of 18 million bucks. let me repeat that. 18 million bucks. >> the decision today comes three weeks after a storm knocked out power for days to hundreds of thousands of pepco customers, some of whom gary nurenberg learned tonight are not thrilled at the prospect of paying higher rates. gary. >> anita, the public service commission is trying to emphasize that it turned down more than it approved. pepco wanted 68 million. the psc said no to 50 million. and approved the other 18 million. the psc said it considered what it called the longer history of substandard performance in rejecting the bulk of pepco's
rate request saying pepco's application lacked the evidence required to substantiate its request. it approved the $18 million rate increase "which is required to meet the statutory mandate set by law to provide safe and reliable service". translates to $2.02 pentz per month. not news received in this neighborhood that was without power for four days. >> i don't think she should get it at all. i think they owe us money. >> it took them a good 10 days or more to get the lights back on, and i don't think they should charge us more. >> neither does montgomery county councilmen at large hans gruber. >> we need an aggressive clear message to them that they have to change their ways giving them more money is not the right kind of message. >> what should the psc should have done? >> they should say no more money. not a penny more until you have made the changes in your company
that are necessary to get service to where it needs to be. >> pepco did not grant 9 new's now request for an interview. they said we have received the commission's order and will not have any comment until we have reviewed it. now, they said the storm and power outages and pepco's response to them were not part of the decision-making process in this case. derek. >> thank, you gary. well, convicted killer george huguely is asking a judge to suspend a lawsuit filed against him until the criminal case is all settled. he was found guilty of murdering his former girlfriend yeardley love at the university of virginia, but he's asking for a new trial. the lawsuit was filed by yeardley love's mom, and she's asking for $30 million over her daughter's death. convicted on all charges tonight, an air force instructor accused of rape and sexual assault involving women he was supposed to be training.
staff sergeant louise walker faces up to life in prison. he raped one trainee and sexually assaulted or had inappropriate contact with nine others. the crimes all committed at the lackland air force base down in texas. the past two days of rains are causing some flash flooding throughout parts of the metro area. but flooding has become a way of life for folks in the bloomingdale neighborhood of northwest dc. for the third time in eight days, summer storms have flooded rhode island avenue near first street. and each time, families have watched the water back up into their basements, and we're talking smelly, nasty water. >> the tub was rising. the toilet was rising. >> we're talking about raw sewage coming up. >> yes. it's not -- it's really bad. >> the storm drain in that area a century old. dc water crews are checking it out. walking through the pipes and clearing them out. but so far they have not found anything to explain why flooding has suddenly become so bad in that neighborhood. >> i guess tonight is not going to be a flooding night after
all. >> well, it depends on where you're at. i think in the district, including the bloomingdale neighborhood, they're probably okay. but out towards prince williams and fairfax county, we did have a couple of flash flood warnings earlier tonight. but all of those warnings have been cancelled and dropped. that's the good news. no more flash flooding concerns for the rest of weekend. but if you're out in chantilly and centreville, you got more than two inches of rain tonight in some spots and you did see some flash flooding. here is a look at our doppler right now where you can see we have just some spotty showers throughout the area. and we're looking at some decent cells still going throughout in the west of town towards warrenton and new market. but in the beltway, we're looking at just only a couple areas of light rain. but for a lot of the activity has died down, and we're starting to actually dry out here a little bit. so the last couple of hours, you can see when showers come through and it's a lot quieter now. around the district we're dry, but you can see out towards warrenton and just north of
culpeper we had some pretty good rains go through. so here is a look at our michael and son weather camera. temperature now 71-degree. the dew points are around 67. with the rain that came through, i can feel out in the weather terrace it does feel a little less humid. the winds are east, northeast at about 8 miles an hour. so right now temperatures in the lower 70s in town. 60s for gaithersburg. 68 in winchester. culpeper 72. and we are looking at tomorrow also temperatures cooling down. so showers are still possible fo are your saturday. so -- for your saturday, so grab the umbrella just in case. temperatures will be average. but sunday looks to be warmer, and sunday we're looking at a chance for some isolated thunderstorms and maybe also a couple of showers. here is a look at your 9 future cast. so tonight we can't rule out showers completely. we'll still have some lingering showers, maybe even a thunderstorm. tomorrow also looking at scattered showers and storms as well. i don't think it will be as wet, though, saturday. we're still looking at a pretty
great day, though, with maybe a little clearing throughout the afternoon. sunday also we can see some isolated storms mainly in the afternoon. and better chances will be out to the west of town for sundays. so still kind of unsettled this weekend. overnight cloudy and mild with some showers and maybe a couple storms still. some patchy fog potentially. lows 65-70 degrees. now, saturday morning cloudy and mild with a shower or storm possible. and temperatures again on saturday will be around 79 to 82 degrees. so in western maryland, 68 for oakland, cumberland 73. manassas 77. culpeper in the lower 80s. in downtown, we're going with 80 degrees. so it will be cooler for this time of year. check out your next three days, the code for saturday is yellow. 80 is your high. 87 on sunday. monday hot again. 94 degrees. check out your next seven days. it will be hot for monday and tuesday. wednesday looks like a pretty nice day.
we're not looking at these storms. partly cloudy temperatures in the lower 90s thursday, friday. also we're looking at lower 90s friday. this weekend derek is going on a bike wide. i would say go -- ride. i would say go for it. there will be a passing shower. i say go for it. >> wear your rain gear. most times i show up in the sports office and check out the nationals finding a way to win. >> not tonight. >> shocker. shocker at nats part. you would think steven strasburg with a 9-run lead safe bet. i put money on it. no. bang bang bang bang. strasburg goes from sure win to no decision. how the wheels came off i'm here to prove that mini babybel cheese
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weekend as the nats face the braves win the series. big series at nats park. big mike morris coming off the ul. strasburg had a 9-0 cushion. then the wheels came off the wagon. he gave up four runs. then in the 9th, michael boern off the top of the fence. 10-9 atlanta. braves up by 1. what happened? bottom of the 9th, he is espinoza says i need a life line. it is 11-10 atlanta now on top. wow. that's not the only thing wild tonight in washington dc. world team tennis record. they actually had to move this match inside because of rain. the castles beating the breakers
24-13. 24 in a row. the golf championship not played in the states, british open and tiger loved it. he won many of his major championships in the place where they serve tea. woods on a four-year winless streak in majors, though. back to him in a minute. this guy, his name is brant. when your first name is brant, you better be good. and he was. a 64 under at the halfway point. that's a 36 hole record art the course. tiger after a bogey on 11. birdie on 16 and on 18 he had more to give you. out of the berm into the cup. he's six under. how do you feel about that? >> well, i'm very pleased where i'm at. i'm at the halfway point. i'm right there in the mix. so with the weather forecasts on sunday and tomorrow it's going to be a good weekend.